A Visit to Washington

During our camping trip over Memorial Day weekend, we took some time to do some exploring in the area. Stevenson, WA is usually one of those places we pass through on our way to somewhere else. This time we had some time to do some visiting.

First stop, the Columbia River in Stevenson, WA

There’s a nice waterfront park along the Columbia River. Right across the railroad tracks is Walking Man Brewing. They’re known for their Walking Man IPA and other wonderful microbrews.

A kinetic sculpture at the waterfront park in Stevenson, WA

There’s also a pier where steam ships landed in the past. The Queen of the West still lands there during a yearly Smithsonian trip that travels the Columbia River from Astoria, OR all the way to Lewiston, ID.

All ready to ride - let's go!

At the fair grounds there is a nice park with a play area for kids, a walking path, interpretive signs, and fishing in a lake. This trolley must run during fair time.

The river running through the Skamania County fair grounds
Posing on the foot bridge at the Skamania County fair grounds

We took a drive up the river and stopped in Carson to do some antiquing and a visit to the Carson Mineral Hot Springs. The Hotel St. Martin was built in 1901 and the bath houses completed shortly after that. The place seems to be in a bit of flux. I heard that the place was bought by an overseas company a few years ago and it went downhill. It was recently bought by the Bonneville Hot Springs folks, and it looks like things are under construction there.

The old hotel at Carson Hot Springs

From Carson we headed over to Bingen, WA (pronounced with a hard g like ginger). We stopped at a couple of shops before heading up the hill to White Salmon.

The view of Mount Hood from White Salmon, WA

White Salmon is  a cute little town, but most of the shops were closed on Sunday. I’d like to go back and visit again sometime.

More Cavalier Camping – Vintage Style

We spent last weekend camping with our teardrop trailer and vintage trailer friends for whom I do the newsletter. There were 49 trailers there at last count. The weather was almost perfect. It did sprinkle toward the end of the trip on Sunday, but it wouldn’t be camping if there weren’t a little rain. I think it’s rained every time we’ve been out camping in the last three years.

There were a lot of dogs on the camping trip. Some we’ve met before and others are new friends. I was able to get a few of them with their trailers. Spike, who was featured in our Wordless Wednesday post, was camped right next door in a nice little teardrop trailer.

A few of the teardrop trailers
Camping in style
A Cozy Cruiser teardrop trailer

Many of the teardrop trailers are home built while others are built by manufacturers. It’s a lot of fun to see what people have put into them. The traditional teardrop trailer is 4′ x 8′ and has a hatch in the back that lifts up to expose the galley. Two people can fit inside to sleep just fine, but it gets a bit cramped when you add a dog or two.

Some of the tow vehicles

Many of the teardrop trailers are pulled by antique or classic cars. They usually weigh less than 1000 lb, so they’re easily pulled by most cars.

Another tow vehicle and trailer
An Airstream Bambi and a Scamp (I think)
Colorful camping
A beautiful combination
A teardrop trailer from the 1940's
A cute dog named Libby camps here
A great little Frisbee dog
Another camping Cavalier
Live music cowboy style

There was even live music on Saturday afternoon. The Cow Chips played for about 2 hours.

It was all just a little too much to handle

Later that evening we had a huge potluck dinner. Many of us cooked in our Dutch ovens. I made chicken enchiladas, which was enough for about 20 people. I’m hoping that someone who was camping with us took some pictures of all of the Dutch ovens lined up before dinner.

All of this was followed by THE BIGGEST BONFIRE I have ever seen. The camp out was on private property and they had been saving up all of the debris on the property in a giant burn pile. It was a sight to see! It was so hot there wasn’t any chance of roasting marshmallows on it. Someone built a smaller side fire so that people could make s’mores. A big thanks to Spike’s mom for the bonfire picture.

The biggest camp fire I've ever seen

If you’re in to vintage trailers or teardrop trailers, be sure to check out the web site for The Teardroppers of Oregon and Washington, or TOW for short.